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Capilano Library Breaks Ground

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We are happy to announce that construction of Capilano Library in Edmonton, Alberta is under way.

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The Library occupies a narrow strip of land between a residential neighborhood and one of the city’s many wooded ravines. The design takes advantage of this proximity to nature in the city by orienting itself to the woodland edge. From within, a long glazed wall provides views into the forested area.

Site Plan


The plan is organized linearly with three main programmatic zones; resources in the center with support spaces to the street side, insulating the interior, and social areas toward the ravine providing a relaxed visual connection to the landscape. A new row of trees will line the street, buffering the library from the neighborhood and visually folding it into the wooded area.

Plan Diagram





Capilano Library Construction Begins

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Footings have cured and the steel is going up as construction begins for the Capilano Library.

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The section of this single storey building, which serves to differentiate the three main zones of the plan, is evident is the shop-welded truss-work spaced 4.8m on center. Soon, the prefabricated GLT wood panels will span the steel structure, forming the roof.

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